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European Commission to propose COVID vaccine passports ahead of summer holidays

DUBLIN: The European Commission will present a proposal this month in favour of the COVID-19 vaccine passport, which aims to allow travellers to travel safely to the European Union or abroad.

A ‘digital green pass’ is evidence that a traveller has been vaccinated to allow them to travel more freely. Several organisations are currently working to develop software for the digital vaccine passport.

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Monday a proposal for an EU-wide COVID-19 vaccine passport to facilitate summer holidays. The Commission president shared more information about the proposal on Twitter.

“We’ll present this month a legislative proposal for a Digital Green Pass. The aim is to provide: Proof that a person has been vaccinated, Results of tests for those who couldn’t get a vaccine yet, Info on COVID19 recovery. It will respect data protection, security & privacy,” Ms. von der Leyen tweeted.  

“The aim is to gradually enable them to move safely in the European Union or abroad — for work or tourism,” she added.

She also said the vaccine passport would seek to avoid discrimination against citizens who have not yet been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Commission President said that it would take at least three months to set up such a system. The three-month time frame is related to technical development. “There is lots of work to do by the Commission on the European level and lots of work to do technically for the member states on a national level,” she said.

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